What is this?

I’m building an ambitious research-oriented writing environment — with native and web user interfaces: macOS and iOS and web first, someday hopefully also Windows.

This is an absurdly ambitious goal, because it includes a lot of pieces that all have to work together:

If you’re in the market for that kind of ambitious app, sign up and I’ll keep you up to date on my progress—and you’ll be the first to know when I have something you can use!

How far along is this?

Not very! I kicked off software development in September 2019, after spending the summer breaking down two distinct parts of the basic application design:

(I’m working closely with a small handful of trusted friends to validate those ideas.)

a page from my working notebook

This is going to take a while. I’ve been dreaming up this app for almost four years, and the goal has always been: native UIs as well as a web UI. But the dream is also cross-platform. There will be a Rust core backing those native and web UIs; the front-ends will be in Swift and Elm (and, someday, F♯).

Who is building this?

I’m Chris Krycho, a detail-obsessed software engineer. I’ve worked on everything from real-time avionics software to sophisticated web apps — including some you’ve certainly seen and probably used.

I freely admit that this is a bigger project than anything I’ve worked on individually before. That’s okay: I have a knack for picking up hard problems and getting them solved, even when I start out with no idea what I’m doing.

When can I get it?

I have no idea: I’m just getting going, and there’s a lot to build! The best way to keep up with my progress is to sign up for the mailing list!